Sidney Patrick Crosby, is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He serves as captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Crosby was born in the Grace Maternity Hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on August 7, 1987, to Troy and Trina (née Forbes) Crosby. Crosby was drafted first overall by the Penguins out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). Early in his minor hockey years, Crosby began attracting media attention for his play and gave his first newspaper interview at age seven.
When Crosby was 13, Nova Scotia’s Minor Hockey Council refused to allow him to play midget, a level of minor hockey designated for 15- to 17-year-olds. Crosby was drafted first overall by the Penguins out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). During his two-year major junior career with the Rimouski Océanic, he earned back-to-back CHL Player of the Year awards and led his club to the 2005 Memorial Cup final. Nicknamed “The Next One”, he was one of the most highly regarded draft picks in hockey history, leading many to refer to the 2005 Draft Lottery as the “Sidney Crosby Sweepstakes”.